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Published: Thursday, Oct. 7 2010 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Santa Ana, CA

Good performance for 1st game. Wes Matthews you knew would be extra focused to have a good game. If he can do that every night for Portland, more power to him.

Andre Miller the "enigma" did nothing as normal...

I liked Gordon play and Evans, hustle, the boards and aggression. Dwil is DWIL. Milsap was outstanding.

I give credit to Sloan for using 4 points and all seeing action. It is going to be a fierce battle for the #2 and #3 spots. All had theyr'e moments. Watson gets the key rebound on miss up 2 in final seconds, and then the clinching foul shots.

Gaines played well. I still say if this guy makes his free throws, I keep him and unfortunately would have to cut Price, because you know Watson stays.

Fesenko had that spin move could not finish, played better in the 1st half and appeared in better shape, the block and some boards and nice drive.

Unfortunately, he regressed in the 2nd half and -17 for game he has to improve to get the quality minutes he needs.

The concern as "always" even in winning. "jer" system allowing "3s" open. Portland Buried "9-17"

Houston, TX

Evans, Gaines and Jeffers made a decent case for making the team. Watson is a true PG who runs the team first.

It is only the first game but I think it would be a mistake to let Gaines go. He can play 2 as well as PG. His foul shooting is still a weakness but his other skills make up for it.

AJ and Bell are still learning the offense but will come along. Millsap is going to do really well. Fes had some good moments but still can't hit a foul shot. Hayward is coming along.

11 steals and 7 blocks are impressive. The starters throttled POR. The second string was sporadic but not bad at times.

This team may be able to play defense.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm hearing more and more about Jeremy Evans. Starting to get really excited about that kid's potential. Sounds like he may be earning that roster spot.

Even though it's just preseason, great job on the W Jazz.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I loved how Hayward and Evans played, hope they will continue to get PT and be able to contribute.
Looks like it could take Big Al a while to get in shape and get adjusted to the Sloan system.
Milsap played well, he should have a slightly better season.
AK, shot poor but used his intangibles to have an impact.
CJ, OK but barely.
Fes played well the first half, not so good the second half, needs to stay focused.
Should be an interesting season.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Who saw it? I want more about Jefferson?? How many minutes?

Bugoff- Bell learning the offense? He probably knows it better than half the players who were here last year.

I can't wait for the regular season!

Salt Lake City, UT

What the real headline should have been was the Jazz's starters outscored the Blazzer's starters by over 20 points. Wes played well but he also played 38+ minutes, which is ridiculous for a pre season game.

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz in minutes with 28 and played pretty well. Evans also had a good game and is an absolute 100% lock to make the team.

Holladay, UT

Gaines played well in the scrimmage and in this game which makes you wonder if he is going to have a good year, but man I would hate to see Price go, If I had to choose I would pick Price because I think he runs the offense better than Gaines, provides energy sometimes, and is a good presence in the locker room. I would seriously evaluate Watson before automatically cutting Price or Gaines.

Chuck Nunn
Logan, UT

Jefferson did OK. Not awesome, not bad. but since it's the first game of preseason and he's new to the system, I'm giving him an A. D-Will and 'Sap looked great, no worries there so far. Young guys let the Blazers back in, but Rudy Fernandez can flat out shoot the ball, and you have to cover him. Evans showed a lot of hops and hustle, I'm converted. Gaines made a good case for staying with the team.

Fesenko? Well not even I can defend the pain-inducing free throw shooting. But his minutes in the first half were pretty good. Second half, he was ragged, and he'll have to improve on staying focused for the entire game. The haters will be on in a minute to bash him, but I think you have to take the good with the bad, especially after the first preseason game, and now that coach has seen everyone perform against someone other than each other in practice, adjustments can be made and players know what they need to work on.

Peace out from the Jazz Oracle!

Provo, UT

Price has a guaranteed contract worth $1.4M this season. If we cut him to sign Gaines we still have to pay all or Price's contract, plus Gaines, plus luxury tax for both salaries. Gaines contract would be worth about $1M, so total cost to sign Gaines and cut Price would be $5M. Keeping Price costs about $3M. With all the other quality players fighting for a roster spot there's no way we take 4 PG's into the season.

I'm not sure who is better between the two (I haven't seen any scrimmages or games this season), but I'm not sure how much the Jazz would be willing to spend for a third string point guard. An additional $2M for a third string guard that is probably only going to see garbage minutes in 15 games this season is pretty steep.
Gaines had a good moment or two last season (and a bunch of bad moments), but he would have to really shine this preseason to justify cutting Price.

Odds are we cut Gaines but keep him on the Flash, then call him up if one of our guards gets a bad injury.

Lehi, UT

I didnt go to the game but nice win! It looks like the Jazz didnt defend the 3 point line, perimeter and transition defense have to be a focus going into this season. I kind of excpected better stat line out of AK and Jefferson, what happened?

bald eagle
Helena, MT

Interesting Jazz team this year. A bunch of you "regulars" on here kept yipping and yapping last year singing the praises of Fesenko--what a good player he is & Sloan never gave him enough playing time. Well Fes got plenty of PT tonight and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt he's a horrid player. Wish the Jazz hadn't signed him, even if they needed him after Memo went down. He's beginning to remind me more and more of Tag--and that ain't good folks.

Holladay, UT

big deal, wes played most of the minutes more than any blazer to show us up. most of the jazz got spotty minutes. if williams played as much a matthews he would have got over thirty.

Houston, TX

@Kyle Bell played in Utah when they ran a different version of the system than they are now. Bell knows some of the system but not on the instinct level that is required so cuts, picks and shots are automatic behaviors.

There is probably a tendency to favor guys with guaranteed contracts. However, Gaines is a very efficient effective player. He can run the team, shoot and provide energy plus he has some muscle. I assume Price has a guaranteed contract. Does any one know if it is fully guaranteed? How about Elson?

Watson has a long record of playing 20 minutes at PG for a number of years. He can run a team.

Evan got a lot of positive talk. He can sky. He is going to be worth developing even if they send him to the Flash for a year.

Thompson did not play. How is he doing in practice?

Mathews was a total chucker. He got his points but his shooting percentage was bad (40%). He would never do that with Sloan.

The starters played very good D. I have hope for this team. AK,CJ,AJ and Bell did not score up to potential.

Santa Ana, CA

To Bald Eagle: You need to understand, Fesenko has played very little in 3 years in this league. Experience wise for a mid impact rookie, he would be equivalent of 2nd season player. He showed a lot of good things that far surpassed what Greg did. Greg could hold his own in the paint against average-good centers. Fesenko potentially more offensive skills, he needs to make free throws, maintain shape and keep working to improve. At least he did not get burned with foul trouble, and is improving with judgment. This will lead to more respect from the refs...He has to do it while Okur is out. Elson to me is a big?

The Jazz played better defense from all that played the 2nd half. The 2nd quarter in particular, Portland and Fernandez unleashing the 3 balls. I realize we saw guys in those spots play minutes at that stage would not for reg season. A lot of youth.

It is not a squad short of "talent" it needs time together.

I do feel potentially we can win this divison over Denver, Portland and Ok City.

This means perhaps, a longer, happier post season

Tokyo, Japan

The guys need time to get accustomed to each other...there are a lot of new guys on the team...all they need is time...it would be a rough start...but will finish the season banging...for fes...if he does not live up to expectations...dont resign him...please...we will have Ante Tomic coming over...though he is not massive...he has better polished skills than fes...i hope they give minutes to thompson...i think he'll do good....this lineup is by far the deepest we've had...hope Hayward gets to log major minutes during the season...and be a solid contributor...and hope he'd stick with the Jazz for a long time

Viva Los Jazz
Garland, UT

Why is everyone giving Al Jefferson a pass? No, I didn't see the game but he only had 6 points for a guy who averaged over 20 points per game last year. I know our system isn't set up for him but when is the beast going to be unleashed?! Go Big Al!
I was really happy to hear about the two rookies scoring 9 points each and that Milsap held his own, plus Deron started off well. Way to go Wes Mathews and it looks like the Jazz are off to a great start.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

Was at the game. Man it was good to see Bell out there again. He will bring alot to this team. The second unit played pretty good. I was very impressed with the way Fes was helping Evans with the plays and defensive assignments. At times they seemed to work really well together.

I was very very impressed with Gordon Haywoods ball handling skills and his basketball savy.

W-Ton, Uk

Look, I thought Wes was our player of the season last year, BUT because of THAT toxic contract we HAD to let him go. So, why oh why is the headline for this article about him ? He DOESN'T play for the Jazz any more.....

Nice to start off with a win, keep on rollin Utah !!!

Draper, UT

Looks to be another lackluster, sloppy year from CJ...despite whatever muscle he may have put on. He's more of a liability than an asset.

Alpine, UT

Fesenko will give new life/meaning to the term hack a shaq.

Fesenko either figures out how to hit a free throw or he will NEVER be on the floor when it matters. The liability is too huge. Either that or he is literally NEVER allowed to touch the ball offensively.

Opposing teams will figure out very quickly that fouling Fess is the same a turnover because he is missing 7 of 10 freethrows.

Pathetic for a guy with his ability.

Freethrows are nothing but practice and clearly Fesenko has not put in the time to be able to get up there and get any type of automatic stroke going whatsoever.

As I said...pathetic after this long in the league and this long in Jerrys system that he does not get prepared and fill in the holes in his game.

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